Let Slip the Dogs of War, and How it Affects Your Trading…

Posted On February 24, 2022 2:57 pm

Tuesday I wrote, “With the Russian invasion seeming imminent, we’ve seen stock suffer their worst week since mid-January (the worst month in a decade-plus) with the major indices within spitting distance of the January lows.

There is some advantage to being a news junkie, because as I also said history might not repeat but it sure does rhyme.  

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Thoughts about the global political ramifications of Mr. Putin’s actions aside…

This could be very good for the markets, short-term volatility aside. 


Well simply put, now the Fed has an excuse for easing into tightening at a slower rate.  

The fact is they will still need to tighten, however this situation between Ukraine and Russia is a perfect reason to back off of their plans.  

So maybe we only see 3 or 4 rate hikes of .25%, rather than 8+ between .25 and .5.

We can already see the expectations of slower rate hikes in the markets.  

The Nasdaq – which was down sharply earlier today has recovered and is up more than a full point as I write this.  

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In short, things will be volatile but if you know how to ride this wave – without exposing yourself to unneeded risk – there is a LOT of opportunity right now.  

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.